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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 10, 2014 9:24 AM CST
I guess that I will not plant bulbs today!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 10, 2014 9:33 AM CST
Owie!!! Blinking Sad
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Name: Dora
Calgary (Zone 3a)
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dorab
Sep 10, 2014 12:40 PM CST
Good thing you have lots of time. One of my co-workers lives in Bridgeland, and sent around pictures from his street this morning, saying it was like Jurassic Park (which I have never seen, but I don't imagine it was a favorable comparison).

I didn't plant very many bulbs last year, and this year's spring garden was depressing, so I've ordered a couple dozen bulbs from Botanus this year. They always send kind of late, and I wasn't going to do that again, but the pictures were so pretty.
Dora
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 10, 2014 1:32 PM CST
I did not order any this year, but I found some good ones at local garden centers.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Sep 10, 2014 1:40 PM CST
OMG, Caroline, what a mess of wet snow! I hope it melts soon so you can do some more gardening before the ground freezes. It's been cool here, but no frost yet. I have not yet got my greenhouse ready for putting the tender plants into it for winter. I guess I'd better hurry up! I have not ordered any bulbs this year, but I will be planting some peonies.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 10, 2014 1:43 PM CST
It should melt in the next day or two as they are predicting warmer weather.
Just too early as summer is not really over until the 22 nd?
I guess it is meteorlogical fall already but...?
Name: Dora
Calgary (Zone 3a)
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dorab
Sep 10, 2014 9:25 PM CST
It has already half melted and it wasn't that warm today. Tomorrow is supposed to be about 10C.
This is what the common area in my condo complex looks like.


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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Sep 10, 2014 11:17 PM CST
That sure is very early snow blanket there Blinking Good thing it is melting already. Hope no one got any power outage.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 11, 2014 5:08 AM CST
I will not complain about having 101 degrees yesterday. Much too early to be coping with snow. I am so sorry you all are having to deal with it now. Sad
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Name: Dora
Calgary (Zone 3a)
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dorab
Sep 11, 2014 7:57 AM CST
tarev said:That sure is very early snow blanket there Blinking Good thing it is melting already. Hope no one got any power outage.


The power was out in several parts of the city. Mine was only out for an hour or so but it appears to have scrambled my phone's circuitry when it came back on.

Dora
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 11, 2014 8:56 AM CST
There was frost last night,but hopefully the snow offered some protection.
I did not cover anything.
It should all melt today as it is a sunny day.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Sep 11, 2014 11:00 AM CST
Melting sunshine is good. Smiling
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Name: Susie
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4susiesjoy
Sep 11, 2014 6:17 PM CST
Caroline and Dora Crying Crying Crying Group hug

I hope after that you get a long nice fall and get lots of bulbs planted!
Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Sep 13, 2014 10:02 AM CST
My son is a long haul driver and he was telling me about the ice and snow going down through Saskatoon, Saskatchawan (?) down to Minnesota. Had to get around a totally jacknifed tractor/trailer going up a hill, a buffalo (bison??) walking down the middle of the road, etc. I would have thought we would have snow before you. Except we are on the coast with Japanese currents.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 13, 2014 5:02 PM CST
I feel for those who must drive when it is so snowy.
Cleaning up is a chore. More damage than I had thought.
The City, or some kind soul, took away the branches that I cut down on Thursday.
Cut some more broken branches today.
It is good that it is near the end of the season.
One shade bed is a mess from having branches piled on it.
I ordered wildflowers to sow over it in the early spring.
I had a nice stand of For-get-me nots there, and they are smushed into the ground.
This late, I think the roots will be okay-maybe flowers late next year?
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Sep 13, 2014 6:15 PM CST
I would think so, Caroline. Smiling
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Name: Dora
Calgary (Zone 3a)
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dorab
Sep 13, 2014 8:30 PM CST
The last couple of mornings on my way to work there were piles of broken branches piled up on the side of the road, often a block at a time.

Damage to my garden was much worse in the back then it was in the back. I have a couple of spruce trees in front of my house and they seem to keep the beds warmer. My gladiola in the front still looks like it is going to bloom. The ones in the back, not so much. I had several acidothera mixed in with my gladiolas and I think they have died, while the gladiolas may have survived. I'll give it a couple of days.

Even if things survived, they were often so flattened I doubt if they will recover this year.

Dora
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 14, 2014 7:13 AM CST
Oh dear! That is gardening in Calgary!
But there is always next year for gardeners.
Last night I drew up a plan for my whole yard for next spring.
It is mostly sowing seeds directly, and I will do petunias under lights to put out into containers.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Sep 14, 2014 10:40 AM CST
Gardening Sprit at its best! Against all odds! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Sep 15, 2014 10:11 AM CST
Sorry to hear that you guys had so much damage from that early snow, sounds like a lot of damage to trees. Sad

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